Harley Rath form Mossley, Ontario Canada, has recently shared information with me regarding his rare 1952 Case VAS tractor.
Although most collectors are familiar with the various models in the Case V series few have had the privledge of running across a VAS. When Harley's son told him about this tractor he could hardy wait to see it.
What makes the VAS different? The VAS is a high clearance, row crop, offset tractor. Only 1559 were manufactured between 1951 and 1954- 18 in 1951, 1028 in 1952, 374 in 1953 and 139 in 1954.
Bill Breitzman of Campbellsport, Wisconsin uncovered a mystery while restoring his 1953 Massey Harris 22.
While sanding the seat he began to reveal that its original color was yellow. Since the standard color is red this is a mystery as to why his tractors seat was originally yellow.
Some speculate that perhaps during assembly they ran out of red seats near the end of the run and went over to the construction assembly line and brought over some yellow ones to complete the run.
The Yuba Manufacturing Co. of Marysville, California (formerly of Yuba City, Washington), USA bought the Ball-Tread Co. of Detroit, Michigan in 1914. The existing tractor line was then rebranded as Yuba.
I read this article and thought how many directions have we gone wrong.
In the 30's most of the field work such as plowing, dragging, cutting hay and grain was done with horses. Each had their own single tree hooked to an evener which in turn was hooked to the load. After driving a team together day after day, the horses sensed the importance of working at the same speed and starting out together, thus keeping even.
Visiting with older relatives is sometime boring to the teens in the household, but will often totally facinate the younger children. Well guess what; I am now one of the older relatives that bores the teens and facinates the younger children. Due to the size of our family, from time to time a youngster will have to eat at the antique table during the holidays, no the table is not antique, the people that eat there are acording to my grandchildren.
With Christmas just a few days away, what is your Christmas tradition? There are many ways to go for every family has their own tradition. The most popular, I think, is food. I must have certain foods for it to be a true Christmas dinner. I would make a list, but I don't have that much time. OK, a must for me is Turkey, dressing and gravy, and at least 10 other items from sweet potatoes to pecan pie.
Any engine man who has ever had an exhibit is very familiar with this term or expression, My Dad - My Grandpa.
It wouldn't be a holiday feast if someone didn't bring the escalloped corn or Green Bean Casserole at our house.
As the family is growing up and our children and grand children are becoming adults they are also some inspiring cooks. So our old recipes have changed in recent years. The Green Bean Casserole no longer is topped with the fried onions, and the escalloped corn no longer contains cracker crumbs. Both recipes remain simple to prepare and easy to bake and take, and so easy even the youngest cook in the family can make them.
If you enjoy this sample.
Nichols & Shepard began developing a gas tractor in 1911 and produced only a limited number in 1912. Two sizes were available; a 28-50 and a 35-70. The huge 35-70 was of two cylinder design. Its 10 1/2x14 inch bore and stroke developed well over 90 belt horsepower, yet its rated engine speed was only 375 RPMs. Weight of this trctor was 30,000 pounds. The mere size of this tractor soon made it obsolete and it gave way to the many smaller tractors coming onto the market. Even so, it was still offered as late as 1922.
For the past twelve years Heartland Communications Group, Inc. has published the Iron Memories collector book. This book contains 25-30 stories featuring antique tractors, complete with many color photos and documents provided to us by their owners. Each year we select a variety of tractor brands from the entries received to feature in that year’s edition.
At this time we are accepting entries for the 2014 edition.